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Clematis suggestions please?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:14

Glad you like it.  I had it in my last garden and will be looking for another for this new garden.   You can search that site for other ideas based on colour, size, flowering times etc but I suggest you stick with viticellas and other pruning group 3 for their ease of care.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:12

DD - that's a much more positive response.  Well done and good luck for this pm.  


Hosta - yes, plenty of fluids and maybe some Tonic water too in case it helps with any muscle spasms.


Chicky - I hope you have decent weather and a great time.  Looking forward to lots of photos.


Lily - even poorly cuddles are better than none I suppose.  How long before they're home for good?


Yvie - not sure I could afford a visit to Ashwood's!  Having said that, we're off to a plant fair just north of Niort on Monday.  OH knows I've spent all my present from the garden group I ran in Belgium so will go with wallet lined with readies.

Clematis suggestions please?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:05

First of all, clematis are greedy, thirsty plants so need to be buried at least 4" deeper than they were in their pot and given plenty of good soil/compost/nutrients and that's without having to compete with established shrubs that will steal lots of water and nutrients.


Clematis can also, in my experience, take 2 or 3 seasons to get their roots down well and start to thrive but they are certainly worth waiting and caring for.


Have a look at Huldine - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=20  Good flowering season, gets large when happy and pruning is easy - just cut back to a few inches high in March and give it a good feed.  Pull out all the severed top growth.   Every year it will produce more and more stems as long as it's fed.

Climbing rose

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 12:03

You'd be better off with a repeat rambler.  David Austin have some with good perfume but not that red unfortunately.  I've had good experience with a Malvern Hills so have bought one for this garden along with Lady of the Lake.   I had a lovely white Kiftsgate and have brought one of its babies with me but it only flowers once and gets huge - 10 metres - so not good for your average arch.

Advice please on bare root roses

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 22:20

Dunk each pot in a bucket of water till no further air bubbles appear and then remove and set in a sheltered corner.  They should be fine unless you get a heat wave and even then they'll recover with another dunking in a bucket.


Do this before planting them out too and do follow MowT's advice about ericaceous soil conditioner.

Climbing rose

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 22:13

Dublin Bay?  The Beales site says it's good for a pillar or obelisk but nothing about training over arches so maybe it isn't flexible enough..

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 22:01

Just back from dance class and enjoying a glass of wine with some cheese and biscuits.  40 mins if jive and then cha-cha so very aerobic and knackering and then she went on to Bolero, a dance OH and I have never heard of, let alone learned.  

Watching Masterchef now.   We had one whole mm of rain while we were out.  This is not going to lubricate my new beds.


Hosta - sounds very unpleasant.  Have they checked for gallstones as well as kidney stones?  Hope you get it sorted soon.


Liri - maybe your pieris will make new shoots.  Shame about your magnolia.


Pat - I liked Canberra for shopping when I was there in 2000.  Lots of options from markets to malls.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 18:08

Sumptuous Busy.  Looking forward to mine flowering.

SHRUB ID PLEASE. (lost the label)

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 15:53

Not like any escallonia I've ever seen.  They usually have slightly rounder leaves with serrated edges.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 15:36

Like I said, eat enough and you won't notice but she will.  Start bunging a clove in every sauce or casserole you make and roast whole cloves with your Sunday roast to enhance the gravy..

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